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May 15, 2007
Reading Classes - Students need to bring a small amount (5-6) of Jolly Ranchers to class for a project next week.

Thanks!

Posted by Mrs. Kirshner at 12:47 PM

5/14 - 5/18 Reading Classes

Students will:
identify symbolism and through music (Yesterday, by the Beatles and Over the Rainbow by Judy Garland)
define new vocabulary
memorize new vocabulary with Bingo game
recognize the /sh/ sound of "ti" and "ci" in words (such as patient and special)
describe foreshadowing
examine text for examples of foreshadowing

Posted by Mrs. Kirshner at 12:46 PM

May 09, 2007
Vocabulary Test - Tuesday 5/15/07

Students will have a vocabulary test on Tuesday, 5/15 covering chapters 7-15.

Posted by Mrs. Kirshner at 11:14 AM

5/7 - 5/11 Novel Study - Blackwater by Eve Bunting

Students continue to apply reading skills, such as:
Create Chapter Titles for each chapter (summary)
Identify Similes
Identify Metaphors
Identify Personification
Define New Vocabulary from chapters 7-15
Students will write lyrics or poetry using these skills next week.

Click here for vocabulary list with definitions.

VocabBlackwater3defined.doc

Posted by Mrs. Kirshner at 11:05 AM

April 27, 2007
4/27 Vocabulary

HOMEWORK-- Students should complete the vocabulary flip book we made in class. This is a great tool to study by. The VOCABULARY TEST will be Wednesday, May 2nd.

Posted by Mrs. Kirshner at 12:26 PM

4/25 Novel Study

We begin a new novel study on Wednesday, 4/25. It is an easy to read mystery novel that everyone will enjoy. We will discuss theme, plot, characterization, summarize chapters, learn new vocabulary, identify similes, metaphors, and personification, and will use these skills to create our own song lyrics or poetry.

Students have been asked to find another name for a mushroom. It begins with the letter T. Do you know it? It is the name of the big rock between the river and the pond.

The following paragraphs are printed on the back of the novel, Blackwater by Eve Bunting.

Thirteen year old Brodie Lynch is ready for the perfect summer of adventure along the awesome Blackwater River. But then his troubled twelve-year-old cousin, Alex, comes to stay with his family, and Brodie's life takes a drastic turn.
A harmless prank goes too far. One teen is drowned and another is missing. Suddenly, the Blackwater becomes a horrifying reminder of what Brodie has done and Ales has witnessed. One lie is told to cover it up--more follow and make Brodie a hero, while inside, his guilt tears at him like the river's treacherous current. Mysterious notes are left at his door and a haunting question remains: Who else saw what really happened?

Posted by Mrs. Kirshner at 12:20 PM

April 23, 2007
4/23 - 4/27 Reading Classes

Students will complete the reading strategies - SRA Specific Skills Series.
Students will work on the Academy of Reading Program.

Posted by Mrs. Kirshner at 03:35 PM

March 25, 2007
More Great Reading Strategy Games

27 Different Quia Games on this one site!

Reading Strategies

Posted by Mrs. Kirshner at 02:19 PM

March 20, 2007
All Reading Classes

Check out these cool games that include reading strategies.
INFERENCE

FACT AND OPINION

SEQUENCING


MIXED SKILLS


DRAWING CONCLUSIONS

DRAWING CONCLUSIONS


DRAWING CONCLUSIONS


MAIN IDEA

Posted by Mrs. Kirshner at 09:35 AM

March 18, 2007
All Reading Classes - 03/19 - 03/23

Students will work on reading comprehension strategies, such as:
finding the main idea
sequencing
identifying facts and details
drawing conclusions
compare and contrast
summarization

Posted by Mrs. Kirshner at 08:46 PM

February 26, 2007
7th grade Reading 02/26 - 03/02

Seventh graders will complete the reading of Bridge to Terabithia.
Skills:
Choosing the Correct Meaning (Vocab.)
Using Guide Words (Dictionary skills)
Making an Outline
Using Descriptive Words
Comprehension Test

Posted by Mrs. Kirshner at 04:52 PM

7th grade Reading 02/26 - 03/02

Seventh graders will complete the reading of Bridge to Terabithia.
Skills:
Choosing the Correct Meaning (Vocab.)
Using Guide Words (Dictionary skills)
Making an Outline
Using Descriptive Words

Comprehension Test

Students will use their critical thinking skills of analysis and synthesis to create a T-shirt for one of the main characters in Bridge to Terabithia.

Posted by Mrs. Kirshner at 04:52 PM

6th grade Reading 02/26 - 03/02

Students will begin an activity called "You Be The Teacher". They will create a 45 min. lesson plan including introduction, guided practice, activity or game, and assessment. Skills will be assigned based on each students' individualized educational plan (IEP) objectives. Students will have the opportunity to use technology, games, etc. to create an exciting lesson.

Posted by Mrs. Kirshner at 04:29 PM

February 21, 2007
6th grade 02/12 - 02/23

Students are using the Academy of Reading Program two days a week. Skills include visual match, auditory-visual match, rhyming, short vowel discrimination, consonant discrimination while building speed and automaticity in reading.

Inferring the 5 W's & H
More complex inferences and inferences in fantasy have been assigned.

Posted by Mrs. Kirshner at 02:58 PM

2/21 - 2/23 7th grade Reading

Complete assignments from last week. Use the Academy of Reading Program.

Continue reading "2/21 - 2/23 7th grade Reading"

Posted by Mrs. Kirshner at 02:57 PM

February 15, 2007
7th grade Bridge to Terabithia

Read, discuss, and analyze chapters 7, 8 and 9
Practice comprehension skills:
Making Inferences
Understanding Special Meanings (slang or idioms)
Evaluating What You Read (critical thinking)
Matching Antonyms
Characterization & Feelings
Cloze Reading Comprehension
Sequencing Events
Phonics: Pronounciation Key
Alphabetical Order

Posted by Mrs. Kirshner at 04:47 PM

6th grade 02/12 - 02/16

Students are using the Academy of Reading Program two days a week. Skills include visual match, auditory-visual match, rhyming, short vowel discrimination, consonant discrimination while building speed and automaticity in reading.

Inferring the 5 W's & H
More complex inferences and inferences in fantasy have been assigned.

Posted by Mrs. Kirshner at 04:42 PM

February 06, 2007
7th grade 02/05 - 02/09

Novel Study Bridge to Terabithia
Read Ch. 5, 6
Mon. - Introduce vocab. for 5 & 6 (test this Friday, 2/9)
Tues. - Thurs. Worksheet pgs. 19-26 Making Inferences, Fact & Opinion, Main Idea, Word meaning through Context, Cause & Effect
Fri. - Introduce vocab. for 7 & 8 (test next week)

Posted by Mrs. Kirshner at 11:45 AM

6th grade 02/05 - 02/09

Inferring the 5W's and How Lesson 4
Phonics skills:
silent k
hard and soft c
hard and soft g
Review

Posted by Mrs. Kirshner at 11:37 AM

January 30, 2007
6th Grade 01/29 - 02/02

Inferencing the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How

Posted by Mrs. Kirshner at 08:58 AM

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